Skip to main content Skip to accessibility
This website is not compatible with your web browser. You should install a newer browser. If you live in Jersey and need help upgrading call the States of Jersey web team on 440099.
Government of

Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

  • Choose the service you want to log in to:


    Update your notification preferences


    Access government services


    Clear goods through customs or claim relief

  • Talentlink

    View or update your States of Jersey job application

Health warning on CHMICA drug

20 January 2015

Jersey’s Alcohol and Drug Service and the States of Jersey Police have issued a warning about a dangerous ‘new psychoactive substance’ known as CHMICA or CHMINACA which may be available in Jersey.

Adverse effects also include convulsions, raised blood pressure, heart attacks and psychoses. As a consequence, the importation and exportation of this substance has now been made illegal.

The drug has similar effects to cannabis but is 100 times stronger and has been linked to several recent deaths and hospitalisations in Europe, mainly Sweden.

There are currently no known deaths or hospitalisations in Jersey due to the drug, but it is important to raise awareness that it is circulating.

Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, Michael Gafoor, said "This is one of the most dangerous synthetic cannabinoids that we have seen in Jersey so far because of the unpredictable and potentially fatal effects it can have."

Mr Gafoor also issued the following advice if users take a street drug:

  • avoid using alone
  • start with a low dose – wait and do not double dose
  • do not mix with other substances including alcohol as this increases the risk of seizures and death
  • if you begin to feel unwell seek medical help immediately.

Back to top
rating button